Types of Education Loans
Loans are available to students to provide them with funding to attend classes. Loans are borrowed money that must be repaid with interest. Do not borrow more than you need! For help in determining how much to borrow, please visit the “Loan Estimator Worksheet” on the portal, Graduate, Academic Life, Health/Human Services, RN–BSN, or DCP tab, under General Information.
Federal Loan Programs
Concordia participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. To be eligible for federal loans the student must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
Please visit www.studentaid.ed.gov for a complete student guide on all financial aid programs from the U.S. Department of Education including the Federal Direct Loan Program.
Federal Stafford Loan
Federal Stafford Loans are low-interest, long-term loans. Both subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans have the same terms and conditions, with one exception: Unsubsidized loan borrowers are responsible for interest that accrues during all in-school, grace and deferment periods; for subsidized loans, the federal government pays the interest on behalf of the borrower while the student is in school and during the grace period. In order to be eligible for Stafford Loans, a student must file the FAFSA.
Private loans are credit-based loans from private lenders available to assist families with educational expenses. Interest rates, fees, and loan terms will vary depending on the lender chosen and private loans will most likely be more expensive than federal loans. Private loans should only be considered after all other federal and institutional aid opportunities have been exhausted. PLEASE BORROW RESPONSIBLY!!
Below is a comprehensive historical listing of private loan lenders that Concordia students have used within the last 3 years. Concordia does not endorse or have any type of preferred lender arrangement with any of the lenders below. It is the student’s responsibility to research the loans offered by these lenders or any other private loan lender before making the choice that best suits their financial needs.
- Bank of North Dakota (available only to ND residents)
- Credit Union Student Choice
- cuStudent Loans
- Sallie Mae
- Student Loan Finance Corporation
- Union Federal
- Thrivent Credit Union
- Wells Fargo
Concordia University's Student Loan Code of Conduct
- Concordia University does not participate in revenue sharing agreements with lenders or accept inducements of any value from lenders in exchange for preferential treatment on lender lists.
- Concordia University does not participate in contracting arrangements with lenders that provide compensation to the University, its faculty or staff.
- Concordia University does not accept gifts above a nominal value from lenders.
- Concordia University does not assign a lender to a borrower or refuse to certify a loan for a borrower’s choice of lender.
- Concordia University does not allow lenders to help staff their offices for any reason.
- Concordia University and its staff do not accept compensation for service on the advisory boards of lenders.
- Concordia University, its faculty and staff will not enter into any arrangements with lenders that may result in a conflict of interest, perceived or real. This includes refraining from taking any action that is contrary to law, regulation, or the best interests of the students and parents served by the University.
Concordia University's Student Loan Code of Conduct fully complies with the requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.